June 1, 1946

Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Simplifying Personal Plane Design

"Crossroads" Critique

Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Case for the Full-pneumatic System

Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Simplifying Personal Plane Design

OUR PREVIOUS SERIES, “Designing Tomorrow’s Personal Plane,”* dealt mainly with what might be called the one-way-or-the-other type problem—should the wing be high or low, cantilever or strut braced; should the landing gear be retractable; should the engine be tractor or pusher?


"Crossroads" Critique

Examining both accepted and disputed fundamentals behind the imminent Atom Blast Four, this preview relates the whys and hows of the comprehensive test at Bikini—where aviation's leading role will be accented.

Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Case for the Full-pneumatic System

Concluding his cogent presentation, the author analyzes system weight factors, outlines service and experimental air usages, and finally details typical air systems for large twin-engine and light single-engine craft.


Can We Catch Up in Rocket Research?

An eye-witness account of V-2 and "WAC Corporal" launchings points up need for continued research and development in guided missile program—especially important in view of atomic developments.

Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Design and Flight Characteristics of the Flettner Fi-282 Helicopter

Presented here is a clear analysis of Germany's foremost rotocraft development—the Flettner FI-282. And included in this first, wellrounded study is sufficient detail to enable comparison of its engineering with that of our own 'copter types.

What Does It Actually Cost to Fly Your Plane?

Carefully considering direct, fixed, and operation expenses—along with the highly relevant depreciation factors—the author demonstrates that in any forthright calculation the upkeep outweighs initial cost, while hours flown afford an outstanding criterion.

Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Instrument Research Demands Unremitting Efforts

This graphic account of the 22 painstaking and costly steps required in the successful development of an aircraft instrument—from initial suggestion to final factory production—clearly points up the prime attention which must be given to the evolution of these devices.


Keep Posted on Products and Practices

Containing engineering data on fluid measurement, also related factors of equipment, and computations in terms of steam, water, oil, and gas flow, new handbook has been issued by Brown Instrument Co., Philadelphia.—AVIATION, June, ’46.

Controllable Lightplane Prop Is Easily Adjusted and Serviced

Specifically designed for the lower horsepower range, Continental's new two-position Skypower airscrew is readily installed without use of special equipment. Here, the simplicity of its operation and of its maintenance is carefully detailed.

Sound Financial Status Braces Industry in Readjustment

Our annual survey reveals that manufacturers' resources are now tiding firms through two-year realignment period, with gloom banished by a $90 million reconversion reserve and low inventories. Accordingly, the industry now rises out of the survival stage to initiate true profit-seeking.

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